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  • Stowe guests: Handling Christmas post-separation
    Five tips on handling Christmas post-separation Christmas is sold to us as a time for families, with children singing carols and toasting marshmallows, whilst their parents look on lovingly wearing fluffy red jumpers and sipping sherry in front of a tree covered in decorations. In fact, for many people, Christmas has never fitted this chocolate... […]
    Stowe Family Law
  • The capacity to enter into marriage
    It’s something that most of us take for granted: of course, we can choose whether or not to get married. To be unable to make one of the most important decisions in life is unthinkable. But for some, it is not so straightforward. Take, for example, the recent Court of Protection case Mundell v Name... […]
    John Bolch
  • Islamic marriage and English law
    Today, (13 November 2019) the case of Akhter-v-Khan went before the Court of Appeal to challenge a ruling that a couple’s Islamic marriage fell within the scope of English law, namely the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 because it bore the hallmarks of marriage. The decision as to whether this Islamic marriage is considered to be... […]
    Kaleel Anwar
  • Ex-husband is legal parent of children conceived following fertility treatment
    Legal parent following fertility treatment  Some family cases have what one might call a ‘complex history’ (well, at least they seem complex to me). I came across one such case last week: PQ v RS and others (Legal Parenthood: Written consent), which involved cross-applications by former spouses in relation to two children: one by the... […]
    John Bolch
  • The limit to ‘divorce tourism’
    What is divorce tourism?  I’ve written here on numerous occasions about the phenomenon of ‘divorce tourism’, whereby a wife will seek a divorce settlement in this country, in the belief that the courts here will be more generous to her than the courts in her ‘home’ country. Whether or not the courts here are indeed... […]
    John Bolch
  • Finely balanced relocation case
    Finely balanced relocation case In many children relocation cases, the outcome is, of course, fairly obvious: the evidence points clearly in that direction, and the decision for the court is (relatively) easy. But sometimes it is not so clear-cut. Sometimes there is no obvious ‘correct’ decision – there is little, or nothing, to choose between... […]
    John Bolch
  • A week in family law: child protection, deceit and civil partnerships
    This week, John Bolch reviews all things family law including child protection, deceit and civil partnerships. Domestic abuse threat to child protection A new survey of councillors responsible for children’s social care by the Local Government Association (‘LGA’) has found that a rise in family conflict and hardship is behind the heightened pressure on child... […]
    John Bolch
  • Moving abroad with a child following a separation
    Can you move abroad with a child without the other parent’s consent following a divorce or separation?  Sebastian Burrows, our new Managing Partner at the Stowe Family Law Chelmsford office, joins us to look at a recent storyline in Holby City and the lessons it can teach us about relocating abroad with a child.  It’s... […]
    Sebastian Burrows
  • Alienated mother wins human rights claim
    I have written quite a bit here recently on the subject of parental alienation. In particular, there was the sorry case in which the father withdrew his contact application after the mother had alienated the children against him. One of the problems, in that case, was that the issue of parental alienation was not dealt... […]
    John Bolch
  • Brexit stress: A divorce no less
    Brexit and divorce  We are joined by  Kids Come First, a unique parental support workshop & child-focused training program suitable for all separated parents on the blog today.  Founder and Director, Nicola Withycombe shares her views on the startling similarities between Brexit and the divorce process with some tips on how to survive both. Brexit... […]
    Stowe Family Law